Momo Heads South, Finds Nachos

If you visit this blog frequently (thank you for that, by the way) you probably know we’ve been trying to track Momo, the Missouri monster, for several days.

Andrew Stephens, a northeast Missouri resident who has had several run-ins with the beast over the years, including two encounters in the past three months, has been helping with that effort.

When he last saw Momo, Stephens shot him with a tracking dart. He’s since been following Momo’s movements.

On Friday, we caught up with Stephens to see what Momo has been doing.

“It looks like he’s having one heckuva time exploring Missouri,” Stephens says, while thanking us for taking time to call him. Apparently, dialing us on his rotary phone takes five minutes.

According to Stephens, Momo left his native stomping grounds in Pike County for a southward journey that so far has included stops at Historic Main Street in St. Charles and The Gateway Arch in St. Louis.

Momo wanted to try Schlafly's Tasmanian IPA; his cousin is a Tasmanian devil.

Momo wanted to try Schlafly’s Tasmanian IPA; his cousin is a Tasmanian devil.

“But the kicker is, Momo seems most fond of Missouri’s restaurants and wineries,” Stephens says, adding he was extremely jealous when Momo went to Schlafly Bottleworks for a tour (see photo evidence at left) and to try the Bison Nachos.

“What’s confusing is how he’s paying for this stuff,” Stephens says. “Last I knew, he was … you know … a monster. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t carry cash.”

When asked about his Momo Tracker device, Stephens says it should last another couple of weeks. However, he’s concerned the tracker might fall off if Momo takes more dips in the Mississippi River.

We had more questions, but Stephens was in a hurry to get off the phone. He wanted to get outside before it got dark because he dropped his wallet somewhere.

Stephens hung up before we could point out the coincidence between his missing wallet and Momo’s recent spending spree.

Attempts to call back were futile.

To stay updated on Momo’s movements, check out our VisitMO Twitter feed and the VisitMO family of Twitter accounts. We’re using the hashtag MomoTracker (that’s #MomoTracker) to keep you posted.

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